November 09, 2011 by Krissy Rushing
Planning and Replanning
This project grew from Jackson’s quest for the best. The home was wired in April 2010, in what Bayer calls “the smallest home that he’s ever put this much equipment in.” Most of the preexisting walls came down, and Audio Video Systems was able to prewire and cut holes for speaker locations, rather than having to snake wires through existing walls.
Initially, Audio Video Systems presented Jackson with options for lighting, HVAC and security, but the homeowner was focused on entertainment and chose to forgo some of those systems. He later realized that these systems would make a huge difference in his everyday lifestyle. Luckily, Bayer and his team had planned enough space in the Middle Atlantic racks for future expansion.
One of the systems added was the wireless Lutron RadioRA 2 lighting control system, which is operable through the Elan g! control system (see sidebar). Audio Video Systems gave Jackson different lighting themes in different rooms, with the ability to access the controls on the Elan system. A night mode shines just enough light onto Jackson’s artwork, while pathway lighting triggers when he opens the garage door. “I can adjust it with my remotes, wall dimmers and iPhone,” says Jackson. “I like the ability to direct lights to my artwork and set scenes.”
Another late addition was HVAC control, which Bayer set up so Jackson can control and see a history of his energy consumption, conserve energy and control usage based on time of day. If Jackson is not home, he can set the Aprilaire system to an away mode, and before he comes home he can control the thermostats remotely so the home will be cool when he arrives. “We also relocated his thermostats so he doesn’t have a lot of fixtures cluttering his walls,” Bayer says. Small temperature sensors remain in the rooms, but the thermostats are hidden and controllable via iPad, iPhone or a smaller touchscreen in each room.
Audio Video Systems stayed on site to work closely with the late additions of HVAC, lighting and irrigation control. And Bayer worked closely with the interior designer to coordinate everything from the beginning of the process, which made the changes in plans go smoothly.
The project goes on. Next up? Jackson wants a 46-inch HDTV in the kitchen, an additional 46-inch HDTV in the game room, and more video synching ability.
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Layered Control with elan and RTI
The best feature of a good home control system is ease of use. That’s why Aaron Bayer of Audio Video Systems in Frisco, Texas, provided homeowner Greg Jackson with two levels of control, via a variety of remotes and touchscreens used throughout the house.
The first level of control is through the Elan g! control system, using the TS7 and TS2 touchscreens. “This system has a very comprehensive level of automation,” Bayer says. In addition, Jackson can use an iPad or iPhone to control the system. This allows him to arm or disarm the security or remotely log onto his home network from his phone or an outside computer. “If someone is coming over to clean the pool or house, he has quick access to let them in, see if everything is okay and have a visual confirmation that the person has left,” says Bayer.
The Elan system is integrated with the Lutron lighting control system, HVAC, security, irrigation control, and more. “Being able to adjust lights and security, view cameras and adjust HVAC when I’m away is great,” says Jackson.
An even more convenient layer of control comes from Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), with several controllers in the master bedroom, family room, guest room and game room. For outdoor use, an RTI U2 waterproof remote can float in the pool.
Upstairs, an RTI T4 wireless tablet allows quick and easy control of all three game-room TVs. On the main home page of the user interface, Jackson simply touches the screen he would like to control. For more straightforward viewing, a backup RTI remote lets Jackson control only the main 65- inch display.
Control: Elan, RTI
Speakers: JBL, James, RBH
Lighting Control: Lutron
Racks: Middle Atlantic
Network Switching: Pakedge
A /V Processing: Integra, Samsung
B lu-ray: Integra, Samsung